The Runners of Night City won’t be able to team up again, as Cyberpunk2077’s multiplayer sequel has been canceled. This was after a strategy update in which CEO Adam Kicinski said that the plans for the game had been “reconsidered.”
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Kicinski said in the strategy update video via CD Projekt Red’s YouTube channel that “previously we hinted at the possibility of our next triple-A being a multiplayer Cyberpunk gaming, but we have now decided to reconsider this.” We are now focusing our efforts on all franchises, rather than focusing on one online experience or game.
Kicinski’s comments were made during the launch period for Cyberpunk2077’s large 1.2 patches. This patch addressed hundreds of bugs and other glitches that plagued the game as well as some quality-of-life updates.
CD Projekt Red will not create a Cyberpunk 2077 multiplayer experience, but will instead develop a new technology framework to allow CD Projekt Red to integrate online functionality into existing titles.
Kicinski explained: “Let’s emphasize this here, CD Projekt Red makes single-player story-driven AAA RPGs that are not changing. Our long-term online approach is what is changing.
This means that we must be prepared to use online elements in games when they are appropriate. We don’t want our single-player DNA to be lost or go too far.
Kicinski’s remarks online could signal a shift in attitude by CD Projekt Red fans. They could suggest that the company is now focusing on Cyberpunk 2077 and not on a separate project, leaving behind the single-player experience.
Although we don’t know what Cyberpunk 2077 will end up doing online, data miners have found code that refers to Heist mode and Deathmatch. The latter may have had players choosing different classes to complete co-op missions.
It remains to be seen if these modes will be included in Cyberpunk 2077. We could also see multiplayer with a more asymmetrical approach, where players can affect the gameplay of other sessions in different ways. This could be similar in concept to Death Stranding’s online functionality or the Dark Souls series’ sporadic invasion system where players could invade another player’s world and potentially ruin their day.
CD Projekt Red’s strategy update doesn’t just apply to Cyberpunk 2077. However, The Witcher series is also affected. CD Projekt Red could also work on future Cyberpunk or Witcher projects. The Witcher 3’s Xbox Series X and PS5 updates are also due to arrive in 2021.
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